Features

Tennant & Tate: Partners in Time
By Editorial Staff
As Doctor Who stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate both return to the stage this week – Tennant to take the title role in Hamlet at Stratford-upon-Avon and Tate in the West End premiere of Under the Blue Sky – Roger Foss travels back in time beyond the Tardis to discover their parallel theatrical universe.
High School Musical’s London Term Time
By Editorial Staff
Fans of the hit Disney Channel movie High School Musical need no introduction to the world of East High, where school’s popular basketball ace Troy Bolton and ‘Brainiac’ maths genius Gabriella Montez discover they share a secret passion for singing. With the stage production now opened for a summer term in London, meet the new Gabriella and Troy, Claire-Marie Hall and Mark Henry-Evans, and EastEnders’ Letitia Dean, who plays passionate drama teacher Ms Darbus.
Survival of the Fattest: LaBute’s Pig
By Editorial Staff
What happens when an upwardly mobile young man dates a sexy girl who happens to be extra-large? The stars of Neil LaBute’s new comedy Fat Pig – Ella Smith, Joanna Page, Robert Webb and Kris Marshall – met Michael Coveney during rehearsals and chewed the fat about a play that mixes girth with mirth.
A Park for All Seasons: Open Air Theatre
By Editorial Staff
As the annual summer season gets under way at Regent’s Park, Roger Foss meets new artistic director Timothy Sheader about his plans for the country’s best-known open air theatre, which celebrated its 75th birthday last year.
Second Take: Never Forget
By Editorial Staff
First came Take That, now there’s Never Forget, the new musical about the unlikeliest of Take That tribute bands. Everybody knows Take That’s Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams, but who are new boys Ash, Jose, Jake, Harry and Adrian? Get up to speed with our Take Thatter’s guide to the boys behind the boys in the band.
The Making of Marguerite
By Editorial Staff
The world premiere of an original musical is a rare event in the West End, but Marguerite, co-written by Michel Legrand & the creators of Les Misérables, opens next at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. How is a new musical brought to life? Roger Foss meets members of the creative team to find out how they’ve been putting it together.
The Write Stuff: Stenham & Other Courtiers
By Editorial Staff
Polly Stenham’s acclaimed debut play That Face hasn’t turned up in the West End by chance. As Michael Coveney explains, Stenham is one of a new breed of playwrights with a spark of freshness who have set off on the writing road inspired by the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme.
Vanessa Redgrave: Years of Magical Acting
By Editorial Staff
Following a sell-out run on Broadway, Vanessa Redgrave is reprising her award-winning solo performance in Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking at the National Theatre. Michael Coveney celebrates a remarkable performance from one of the world’s greatest living actresses.
Why We Love Gone With the Wind
By Editorial Staff
As Trevor Nunn and Margaret Martin’s new musical of Gone With the Wind prepares for its West End premiere, Roger Foss takes a closer look at Margaret Mitchell’s epic story – from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the Oscar-winning film – and why it became a modern classic.
A Band for All Seasons
By Editorial Staff
As Broadway hit Jersey Boys, revealing the rags-to-riches tale of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, opens in the West End, John Coleman salutes the group’s signature sound & rise to fame from the mean streets of New Jersey.